Along with Stephen King, I've grown bored with Anne Rice's books. But this one is still one of my favorites. The vampire Lestat has become so pompous and self-important in Rice's latest vampire books I just can't stand reading them. But Taltos doesn't have Lestat which I'm so grateful for. This is an intricately plotted novel with great characters that come alive and a fascinating premise is revealed towards the end. I definitely recommend this book.
Meet Mr.Ash, quiet spoken, tall, unfailing kind--sole survivor of an ancient species, the Taltos-thriving among humankind as he has always done, head of a great corporate empire. He is stunned to learn from an old and mysterous friend that another Taltos has been seen-in the very same Scottish glen where centuries ago, Ash ruled his clan long before the coming of the Romans. At once he is propelled into the world of Rowan Mayfair, into the mysteries of the Mayfair family, the New Orleans dynasty of witches forever besieged by ghosts, spirits, and the dizzing powers of his own species-a family intimately involved with the heritage of the Taltos, a family of unique, brillant, and troubled souls struggling as they have for centuries to use both science and magic in their battle for greatness, even survival.
I really enjoyed the first 3/4 or so of the book, then things started to drag once Rowan and Michael sat down with Ashlar. Anne Rice has a problem with getting stuck in passive storytelling.
I liked getting to know Mona better, and meeting Mary Jane, was sad at losing Aaron, but I think the author lacked in the presentation of that part of the book. If I didn't already have an attachment to him from other books, it would hardly have struck me as important. As it is, I didn't cry...
One part that did make me tear up, however, was the scene where Ashlar and Tessa dance. I've always loved Pachelbel's Canon in D, but have a totally different interpretation and visualization of the piece than the one presented in this scene. Even so, it was striking and emotionally moving. I listened to the music on my iPod as I read...wow.
Overall a good read, but needed some polishing.
The last book of a three (long) book series about The Mayfair Witches. After thousands of pages, I'd expected to read the WHY's of the theme of this book, the 13th witch, but instead I was further confused and unsatisfied with the Rice explanation. So many characters became unlikeable that it was difficult to even finish this book, but I wanted answers that never were provided. I did enjoy the descriptions of New Orleans and all the details Rice infuses into her stories.
In this story the family's haunted heritage has brought them great wealth, which is exercised from a New Orleans manse With SOuther n gentility, but of course such power cannot escape notice...or challenge...Rice is a formidable talent...Taltos is a curious amalgram of gothis, glamour fiction, alternate history, and high soap opera.
I actually liked Anne Rice's Mayfair Witches Chronicles better than the Vampire Chronicles. Though I did like the first two books in this series, The Witching Hour and Lasher, better than this third one.
such vivid characters. you can almost feel the pain of Ash as he tells his story, and feel the love among the characters. The ending was just grand. Igreatly enjoy her books and look forward to many more great ones.
this book is in excellent condition EXCEPT that my grandmother noted her name and when she read it on the inside of the front cover. She also noted whether she liked it or not, she always did this; don't know why but it's funny reading her remarks on some of them.
This series is fantastic. The first book was probably my favorite but I've found I do like to reread the series every few years and I rarely do that with books. Anne Rice does a fantastic job of weaving magic in this!
From Publishers Weekly
Cutting-edge gene mapping intertwines with ancient mysteries in this continuation of Rice's series of novels about witches and the supernatural. A "taltos" is the superhuman result of the crossbreeding of two human witches who possess an extra chromosome; almost a monster, the creature is capable of beastly behavior fuelled by an extraordinary sex drive. In Lasher , the eponymous offspring of Michael Curry and Rowan Mayfair of the New Orleans Mayfair witch clan proved to be just such a mutant; before he was slain, he repeatedly raped his own mother, siring a little "goblin" daughter, Emaleth. This new novel features a second taltos, also fathered by Curry, but mothered by a 13-year-old sexpot niece of Rowan's named Mona, who is herself the most powerful witch of the Mayfair clan. Other plot elements involve renegade members of the secret order of Talamasca, who want to kidnap and crossbreed two taltoses; a 200-year-old taltos from New York named Ashlar, who is posing as a toy-industry magnate specializing in dolls; and a dwarf called Samuel from the witches' holy glen in Donnelaith, Scotland. Pulsing with a persisent sense of foreboding, the novel is soggy with meandering, atmospheric prose that verges on softcore porn. And, as usual, what happens in the book is clearly less important to the author than the number of chills she can send down readers' spines. She has not lost her touch. 600,000 first printing; Literary Guild main selection.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From Library Journal
Just when we thought we had seen the last of the Taltos in The Witching Hour (LJ 10/15/90) and Lasher (Knopf, 1993), this third book in the Mayfair Witches series tells the story of Ash, a centuries-old Taltos who resides in New York City. The Taltos grow to a height of seven feet, carry an extra set of chromosomes, and have a superior intelligence that enables them to digest dictionaries and encyclopedias in moments. There is something rotten in the state of the Talamasca, an order of scholars who study the supernatural and keep records of the Mayfair witches. When one such scholar is murdered, Rowan Mayfair, the mother of the two late Taltos in Lasher, and husband Michael Curry investigate. Ash meets with them, shows them that he's harmless, and, like Lasher, has his own story to tell. Although this novel is a suspenseful and sometimes thought-provoking page-turner, it does not stand on its own; the first two books in the series must be read first. Recommended wherever Rice's books are popular. --Laura Cole, New Jersey Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc..
I can remember waiting for this book to be released, if you are reading the Mayfair Witches series you will not be disappointed with this book. It wraps up with information and history that make it all come together. A really excellent book!!
I enjoyed this third book so much. It explains a lot that the other two books leave as a mystery. It allows you to grown to understand and appreciate the Taltos in it's intelligence and simplicity and loving nature. It makes you both hope for and fear the coming together of the male and female